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Preliminary Application Comments


 The following are my comments for OHV Grant request, G08-01-06-S01, Safety - TV Show: OHV Tour of Old Mining Districts:

I support this OHV grant request if the following changes are made:

1. Correct the math in the entry for “A. Statement of Activity or Product”
Cameramen each w/camera per show
$7500.00 per day
X 4 days = $ 3,000.00
X 5 shows =$15,000.00
 
2. Detail the expenses in “4x4 Vehicles, OHV's, Camera Crew Support Vehicles and trailers”
X 5 shows = $20,000.00

Thank you for considering my comments. [Bruce Brazil - 4/6/09]



 The following is my comment on your OHV Grant request, G08-01-06-P03, Planning - Raptor Surveys and Nest Monitoring in OHV High-use Areas:

This OHV grant request is in the wrong category. It should not be in the Planning category. The project is for scientific studies and therefore belongs in the RESTORATION Category.

4970.11. RESTORATION
(a) Purpose
(3) Restoration Projects also include scientific and cultural studies regarding
OHV impacts and Restoration Planning efforts.

Thank you for considering my comment. [Bruce Brazil - 4/6/09]



 I would like to extend my support for all of the California Desert District grant applications, but especially for the Ground Operations/Desert Tortoise Monitoring grant. I will use the data that this monitoring will provide to create appropriate restoration techniques to rehabilitate the Desert Tortoise's habitat. Please fully fund this grant as it is of the utmost important to the well-being of the species. [Carrie Woods - 4/6/09]



 I am submitting these comments in support of the Bureau of Land Management, California Desert District grant proposal for desert tortoise large-plot monitoring monitoring in the Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area (DTNA). Current data on the population size and health status of desert tortoises in the DTNA and the OHV route network zone in the Rand Mountains provide the best locality-specific information to determine impacts to desert tortoises in comparable habitats where OHV riding occurs and where it is absent. This information is invaluable to evaluating the BLM's current multiple use mandate and its protective management of desert tortoise populations. Sustainable OHV management in the Mojave Desert is dependent on good science to evaluate the health of the population of desert tortoises and other affected species. [Melissa Nicholson - 4/6/09]


 The following is my comment for OHV Grant request, G08-01-06-G04, Ecology - CDD Sonoran Desert Thorn Woodland Bird Monitoring:

This OHV grant request is in the wrong category. It should not be in the Operations and Maintenance category. The project is for scientific studies and therefore belongs in the RESTORATION Category.

4970.11. RESTORATION
(a) Purpose
(3) Restoration Projects also include scientific and cultural studies regarding
OHV impacts and Restoration Planning efforts.

Thank you for considering my comment. [Bruce Brazil - 4/5/09]



 This is my comment for OHV Grant request, G08-01-06-G03, Ecology - CDD Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard Population Monitoring.

This OHV grant request is in the wrong category. It should not be in the Operations and Maintenance category. The project is for scientific studies and therefore belongs in the RESTORATION Category.

4970.11. RESTORATION
(a) Purpose
(3) Restoration Projects also include scientific and cultural studies regarding
OHV impacts and Restoration Planning efforts.

Thank you for considering my comment. [Bruce Brazil - 4/5/09]



 This is my comment for OHV Grant request, G08-01-06-P02, Planning - Bats and Historic surveys of Abandoned Mines in OHV Areas:

This OHV Grant request should be divided up and put into the correct Catagories.

The section on Bat Studies is in the wrong category. It should not be in the Operations and Maintenance category. The project is for scientific studies and therefore belongs in the RESTORATION Category.

4970.11. RESTORATION
(a) Purpose
(3) Restoration Projects also include scientific and cultural studies regarding
OHV impacts and Restoration Planning efforts.

The other sections of the OHV Grant could remain under Planning.

Thank you for considering my comment. [Bruce Brazil - 4/5/09]



 The following is my comment for OHV Grant request, G08-01-06-G02, Ecology - Desert Tortoise Large-Plot Monitoring.

This OHV grant request is in the wrong category. It should not be in the Operations and Maintenance category. The project is for scientific studies and therefore belongs in the RESTORATION Category.

4970.11. RESTORATION
(a) Purpose
(3) Restoration Projects also include scientific and cultural studies regarding
OHV impacts and Restoration Planning efforts.

Thank you for considering my comment.  [Bruce Brazil - 4/5/09]


 Please consider these comments support for the following grant applications that are necessary for the preservation of the Desert Tortoise Natural Area.

The DTNA needs to be completely fence for the Tortoises within the Natural Area to be safe from OHV traffic. Not only does existing fencing need to have additional Tortoise proofing added, but signing needs to be added in areas where OHV have driven into existing fencing. Increasing OHV traffic in the preserve area makes this critical to Desert Tortoise conservation.

An additional grant application from the BLM California Desert District to monitor Desert Tortoises within the DTNA should also be supported with California Off Highway Vehicle Division Funding. [Robert Westbrook - 4/4/09]



 I am submitting these comments in support of the Bureau of Land Management, CA Desert District Ecology grant proposal for desert tortoise monitoring in the Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area (DTNA). Sustainable OHV management in the Mojave Desert is dependent on good science to evaluate the health of the population of desert tortoises and other affected species. Similar monitoring has been accomplished in different regions of the desert. The more we learn about this federally-listed species will help in future management and proactively provide information to management agencies and assist them in their decision-making regarding sustainable practices in and near critical habitat areas. Biological monitoring for listed and sensitive species is imperative to continued OHV recreation in desert environments and this grant proposal will help support sustainable management. I commend the OHMVR Division for addressing the many issues associated with recreational use in the desert biomes and supporting sustainable management. [Ron L. Gartland - 4/3/09]



 Hello. My name is Brendan Hughes and I support all of the California Desert District's grant applications, especially the Restoration grant. This work is critical for the protection of wilderness areas from illegal OHV use, and should be fully funded. [Brendan Hughes - 3/30/09]


 This Email is to show and voice my Program’s support for the California Desert District’s Abandoned Mine Lands Grant proposal. Bats are an exceptionally important part the California desert ecosystem and yet despite this, funding to study, conserve, and appropriately manage them is always critically short. This grant would provide much needed funding to help support a program that will result in the effective management of bat resources while at the same time helping to make the California Desert District a safer place for the public to visit. I urge you to please fully fund this proposal!! If you have any questions at all I can be reached at this Email address or the phone number listed below. Thank you for your time and consideration of this important matter! [Jason Corbett - 3/19/09]